March 31, 2022 / Residential Pest Control

Why You Don’t Want to Kill the Spiders in Your House… Yet.

catching a spider in a cup

No one likes seeing spiders in their home, but what if we told you that we’re all on the same team in the game of keeping pests out of your home?

Spiders are natural pest control professionals, and that’s a good thing.

Keep in mind the truth about spiders according to the National Geographic: “The vast majority of spiders are harmless and serve a critical purpose: controlling insect populations that could otherwise devastate crops. Without spiders to eat pests harmful to agriculture, it’s thought that our food supply would be put at risk.

While you might not want them protecting the food supply from your surroundings, the fact is that the presence of spiders in your house says a lot about what else is living there.

Just like many other invading pests, spiders are looking for food and shelter; but of course we know that their diet consists of something different than the other invading pests: Rather than kitchen crumbs, wood, or anything else that might otherwise be on the pest menu spiders are going after other bugs in your home .

Seeing Spiders? They’re Not Alone.

If you’re creeped out by the sight of a spider in your home, this post won’t do much to soothe your nerves.

The reason that spider is there in the first place is because there are other pests already under your roof -- the perfect snacks for a spider’s survival. What kind of snacks are on the menu?

Typically, the spiders you might see in your house will survive on flies, mosquitoes, moths and even other spiders.

Larger species of spider will eat, well, larger snacks, like snails, worms, even bats, birds, frogs, and lizards. (We assure you: these spiders are not native to New England).

Not to add insult to injury here, but this isn’t just about the presence of other pests, it’s about their populations. In other words, spiders would not be setting up camp in your home if there weren’t enough other bugs around to keep them satisfied.

Now that your skin is sufficiently crawling (oh, bad pun), let us assure you that the solution to your spider problem is easier than you might imagine.

Give Spiders a Send Off

We empathize with feeling eager to give the spiders in your home a proper send off and we’ve got the strategy to support you.

The first step in effectively eliminating spiders is to get rid of their food source, and make sure it doesn’t return. When the snacks return, so too will the spiders. That’s why you need a good defense as your optimal offense against spiders… and all those pests they feed on.

A simple way to start is to give your surroundings a good  sweep and scrub. Keep a keen eye out for anything that pests in general may be attracted to, including food crumbs, spilled sugary drinks, water sources, and open containers of pet food. In addition, keeping the house tidy of unnecessary clutter will help reduce the hiding places for all types of pests, spiders included.

After that, proactive pest management is the perfect solution.

Preventing Spiders… and Their Food Sources

Now that you know that the secret to spider prevention in your home comes down to restricting their food sources, you might want to consider proactive pest management.

Our Home Quarterly Program delivers advanced protection, season by season, against dozens of pests common to New England. Part of this service includes spider web removal -- up to 15 ft. high!

Whether your pests have eight eyes or not, we’re here to help.

Learn more about how our Home Quarterly Program can keep dozens of pests out of your home all year long.